Clare County Council has confirmed it is seeking tenders from professional experts to produce an implementation strategy for visitor management and sustainable tourism development on Holy Island in Lough Derg.
The local authority last month acquired 41 acres on the island which, together with the two acres already in the ownership of the Office of Public Works (OPW), has resulted in the entire island being brought into public ownership for the first time.
The successful tenderer will be required to prepare proposals in relation to improving access to Holy Island and the provision of tourism facilities on or near the island, as well as proposals on the marketing and promoting of the island as a visitor destination.
The preparation of the Visitor Management and Sustainable Tourism Development Plan will also incorporate a public consultation process and consultation with key stakeholders, including the council, OPW, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Inland Waterways, adjoining Local Authorities, relevant statutory bodies, and local tourism, community and angling organisations.
Dating back to the 7th century, Holy Island is one of the most important historical and ecclesiastical sites in Ireland. Holy Island is on the UNESCO world heritage site tentative list for Ireland as an early medieval monastic site along with Clonmacnoise, Durrow, Glendalough, Kells and Monasterboice.
For further information visit www.clarecoco.ie and www.etenders.gov.ie